Children suffer more before divorce than after

April 11, 2017 50 comments

family law

Children suffer more from the parental arguments before divorce than they do after the marriage has come to an end. An academic from the University of York, Gloria Moroni, has suggested that behavioural issues such as hyperactivity or emotional development problems can be the result of such conflict. She analysed data from around 19,000 children…

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Canadian woman murdered daughter in custody battle

March 21, 2017 1 comment

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A Canadian woman has been given a life sentence for murdering her nine year-old daughter shortly after the end of an acrimonious divorce. Laura Coward, from the western province of Alberta, was arrested two days after Amber Lucius was reported missing. The girl’s body was found in a burnt-out SUV in a remote area. The…

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Child abduction problems after Brexit

March 20, 2017 2 comments

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The return of children who have been abducted  into other European countries by alienated parents could become significantly more difficult following Britain’s exit from the European Union, peers have warned. Currently the return of children in such circumstances is facilitated by reciprocal recognition of legal orders under EU law,with the child’s country of habitual residence the principal…

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Six year-old ‘should be returned to Northern Cyprus’

February 17, 2017 2 comments

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A six year-old boy should be returned to Northern Cyprus, the High Court has ruled, despite an acrimonious relationship between his parents. In D v D, the father had applied for the boy’s  return, against the opposition of the mother. The parents married on the Mediterranean island in 2009 and the boy, ‘D’, was born…

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Nights with dad after divorce ‘good for children’

February 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

Children who regularly stay overnight with their father after a divorce have better relationships with their mothers. This suggestion was made by researchers from Arizona State University following a survey for more than 100 college students who were children of divorce. Each participant was asked about their relationships with their parents, who were also surveyed….

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Oklahoma man told to pay for another man’s child

January 27, 2017 2 comments

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An American divorcee in the central state of Oklahoma has been ordered to pay maintenance for another man’s child. The man, now in his 20s, married his ex-wife after she fell pregnant while the pair were still in High School. ‘Thomas’ never doubted the child was his until the couple’s relationship began to break down….

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How parents can handle Christmas contact

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December 26, 2016 1 comment

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Child contact over Christmas is a major issue facing divorced or separated families. On Christmas Eve, solicitor Charlotte Newman examined this emotional topic from the perspective of the children. In the second of a two-art series, solicitor Amy Foweather now explores the issue from the parents’ point of view. Christmas can be a particularly tense…

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